BeeWise: 4-H Project Creating Internet-Connected Beehives


BeeWise: 4-H STEAM Pueblo project to create Internet of Things beehives to collect and analyze data for citizen science

Member Institution:
Colorado State University

Pueblo, CO, USA

Key Experts:

jane crayton

Jane Crayton

Role: Project Leader

Key Words

Internet of Things (IoT)
Citizen Science
4-H & Youth
Maker Movement


BeeWise aims to create a robust beekeeping program which integrates quality STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) education with Maker Education, Internet of Things (IoT), and Citizen Science. Pueblo has a large agricultural community and there is growing interest in beekeeping. The BeeWise program will engage these new beekeepers with the technology and education to successfully manage their apiaries. Several schools with FFA programs have discussed housing their own bee colonies and participating in camps and special programs.

Additionally, the BeeWise program aims to educate the general public on pollinators through strategic placement of hives at the Pueblo Zoo and the Pueblo County Courthouse which will highlight the importance of pollinators by using data that is collected from the apiaries. This will allow the public to interact with the apiary locally using an iPad Kiosk or the internet. Professional development opportunities will be available for other Agents, Zookeepers, and Teachers at FFA program.

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